I like to shop. It makes me feel better on bad days. I also like to make sure that I am financially secure. Those may sound like opposite goals, but it ‘s surprisingly easy to get those two to work together.
Go To The Grocery Store Instead of Eating Out
Often when I am stressed I want fast food. I want it because it’s convenient, it tastes good, and I don’t really have to think past it. I have often found, however, cooking creativity helps me get rid of stress. I know it’s not good for me and often feel guilty because I just spent the money of two days worth of groceries for one meal. So now I make my own fast food. It’s healthier for both my body and my budget. The food lasts longer and I feel smart about my splurge instead of guilty.
Shop For Bargains
When I am feeling really stressed out I like to go in search of bargains. I like to shop, but I make my goal finding prices that wow and amaze people. One of my happiest memories is of a dress I found at my local thrift store. It fit great and looked great. It only cost twenty five cents. I don’t just go by thrift stores. I also go by dollar stores, library sales, and garage sales. In one case I spent fifteen dollars to outfit my entire kitchen. Best of all, this type of shopping leaves my budget room for me to splurge a little in the end.
One of the best ways I have found to splurge is to have a cash limit. I make sure the amount that I have chosen to blow doesn’t hurt my budget. I pull the exact amount out of my checking account. Then I go splurge within that price range. This also helps me make wise purchase choices even while splurging. I make sure I get the most out of my fun money.
How do you splurge without breaking your budget?
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